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The Fairly OddParents

TV review by
Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media
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Creative and fun, with occasional mature humor.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 46 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 138 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show is intended to entertain rather than to educate, though Timmy sometimes picks up a few facts (like why kids need sleep, for instance) during the course of an episode.

Positive Messages

Timmy's wishes gone awry often teach him a lesson about respecting others and himself.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While the characters aren't any worse role models than those in most other kids' cartoons (except perhaps for Timmy's cruel babysitter), they aren't overtly positive, either. The town depicted is retro and suburban, and there's not a lot of diversity.

Violence & Scariness

Plenty of cartoon roughhousing and physical comedy. Characters get injured but recover instantly.

Sexy Stuff

Some fleeting innuendo.


Occasional crude language, but nothing more serious than "butt ugly."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's a lot of cartoon roughhousing and physical comedy -- characters get injured but recover instantly. There's also some fleeting innuendo and mature humor. Timmy often learns a thing or two from his misguided wishes, but the focus here is on cartoon zaniness more than education. Timmy's biggest enemy is his cruel babysitter Vicki -- the youngest viewers may need reassurance/reminding that their real-life babysitters are friendly.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycalabash April 9, 2008

This show has gone downhill in quality

"The Fairly Oddparents" was once a funny and charming show. Timmy Turner, the main character, was a good-hearted, put-upon kid who badly needed the in... Continue reading
Parent of a 7, 7, 8, 11, and 14 year old Written byChrist-Lover May 15, 2011

It was nice while it lasted...

Honestly, it used to be funny. Now it's just potty humour, potty humour, potty humour, more potty humour, and stupid humour. I also always hated how dumb t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBritneyBritney July 20, 2012

Good cartoon went downhill after having fairy baby

I honestly used to love The Fairly Odd Parents. But everything went down hill after they had that stupid baby. Now it's just terrible and Cosmo and Wanda s... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy August 24, 2012

Old episodes=GREAT!!!!!!! New episodes=NOT SO GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Fairly OddParents was once a quirky and funny show,but after Poof was born,the show went to trash! The episodes became ANNOYING!

What's the story?

Grade-school viewers love watching Timmy (voiced by Tara Strong) -- a normal little boy trying to grow up and figure out the world -- wish for crazy things that he imagines will make his life more bearable. Timmy's fairy godparents, Cosmo and Wanda (Daran Norris and Susanne Blakeslee), grant his wishes, but Timmy inevitably wants life back to normal again. Timmy usually thinks he's wishing for something useful or helpful, such as a world without sleep or a cool job for his dad. The results of his wishes help Timmy make discoveries such as why kids need sleep or why just being Timmy's dad is a cool enough job.

Is it any good?

Nickelodeon airs some of the most creative and expertly animated cartoons on television, and it has another winner with THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS. Much like SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents can be fast-paced, raucous, and contain mature humor. Violence played for laughs -- characters squashed, clobbered, blown up, etc. -- isn't unusual, though no one is ever hurt permanently.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Timmy's wishes. What does he learn from making them?

  • What would you wish for? How would your life change if these wishes came true?

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